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Public Works Week - Roadways in East St. Paul

Posted: May 24, 2017

Public Works Week - Roadways in East St. Paul

 

Are all the roads that run through East St. Paul the responsibility of the RM?

Within East St. Paul, there are a number of types of roadways and they are under different jurisdictions. There is the provincial roadway network which includes PTH 59 (Lagimodiere Blvd when in the City), PTH 101 (perimeter highway) PR 202 (Birds Hill Road), PR 204 (Henderson Highway), as well as the provincial service roads being Sperring Road, De Vries Ave, McGregor Farm Road and Norris Road. Then there is the municipal roadway system that includes all the local residential and interconnecting streets between the provincial roadways.

 

Is the province responsible for just the roadways on the provincial road networks?

Manitoba Infrastructure is responsible for almost everything within the provincial roadway property being the roadway, signage, ditches, culverts, mowing, snow removal, ice control and traffic signals.  Manitoba Hydro is responsible for overhead street lighting and the RM is responsible for sidewalks, pathways, water and sewer infrastructure within the provincial roadway property.

 

Who do I call if there is an issue within the provincial roadway property?

East St. Paul falls within the Eastern Region of Manitoba Infrastructure and the Regional Office is located in Steinbach and therefore you would contact their office at 204-346-6266 to report an issue.

 

Who do I contact in East St. Paul to report an issue on a municipal roadway?

You would contact the East St. Paul Operations Department at 204-668-8336, alternately you may send us an email to operations@eaststpaul.com or visit us at 2801 Gateway Road, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily

 

Interesting Facts on Potholes in East St. Paul

 

What Causes Potholes?

Freeze thaw cycles during the spring season cause most potholes. During warmer weather, the snow melts, causing water to seep into the cracks in the pavement and/or sub base. When the temperature drops, the water freezes and causes the sub base to expand. This puts pressure on the pavement in a small area, resulting in pavement failure or a pothole.

Similarly, water in the cracks or in between the concrete and asphalt overlays can freeze, causing pieces of pavement to pop out. Heavy traffic puts an added burden on weak pavement.

 

How and when are potholes repaired?

An important part of street maintenance is repairing potholes. The R.M. strives to repair potholes in a safe and cost effective manner, keeping in mind safety, budget, personnel, and environmental concerns. Depending on the situation, a pothole repair may involve a temporary, semi-permanent or permanent solution. 

 

Following are overviews of repair types:

 

Temporary Repair

Cold-mix patch.

Asphalt product designed to remain workable during cooler weather.

A good bond between pavement and patch is not normally made, thus water can quickly find its way under the patch forcing it out due to freeze thaw action.

 

Semi-permanent Repair

Pressurized-Emulsion Patch

Machine-applied spray consisting of a combination of hot emulsified asphalt oil and crushed limestone chips. 

High pressure at which the patch material is sprayed forces it tightly into the pothole, and to some extent, it displaces water in the pothole.

Repair normally lasts approximately 6 – 8 month but have been sometimes known to last years.

 

Permanent Repair

Hot-mix patch made of hot asphalt. 

Applied during dry weather.

Debris in the pothole is swept/blown out and a tack coat of sticky emulsified asphalt oil is applied to the pothole.

The hot asphalt mixture is placed into pothole and compacted with a vibratory plate compactor or vibratory roller.

Produces a dense, hard patch that seals the edges of the pothole preventing water from getting under the patch.

 

If you have spotted a dangerous pothole in your area and wish to report it, please contact the R.M. of East St. Paul’s Operations Department at 204-668-8336, alternately you may send us an email to operations@eaststpaul.com or visit us at 2801 Gateway Road, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

 

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